• Bridesmaids
  • Bright
  • Center Framed
  • full body
  • Funny
  • Getting ready
  • Indoor
  • Laughing
  • Leading lines
  • Shoes
  • Soft Light
  • Unposed

The story behind the image

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This is one of my favorite moments I’ve ever captured. These sisters were so connected and excited for this day and you could feel it in every photo they were in together. Hannah’s mom helped her put her dress on, but I wanted to make sure there was a special moment with her sisters too. Even though putting your shoes on might not always be a three-person job, it was a perfect opportunity to create one more memory with people that were important to her.
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I wanted the sisters and their expressions to be just as visible as the brides, so I simply framed them in the middle shooting slightly to the side so I could see all three. I tend to gravitate toward a centered subject in most of my images, but especially during moments I think are important so nothing detracts from it.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the bride’s face since everything was on the same plane and easy to lock onto. I was far enough away with a 35mm that I didn’t need to worry too much about focus! During shots with movement like this, I always single point autofocus and shoot through my viewfinder since it’s faster.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Brides face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L
1/500 @ f/1.8 ISO800 WB-6450K

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

The lighting in the AirBnb where they got ready was beautiful and luckily had great lighting. But I chose to set this shot up slightly backlit next to the large window. I often feel that backlighting and exposing for the subject draws more focus to them rather than the background. It also creates a slightly dreamier effect overall.

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Light Type

Natural Light



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used my custom preset but made some adjustments since the lighting gave the image a little big of a cool/green tint. I applied my preset, increased the exposure, adjusted the tint slightly toward magenta, and adjusted the skin tones accordingly. I also brought up the highlights/whites a little bit.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic
Preset Used


Images like this are tricky because you want to capture a natural, genuine moment while making sure to capture each of the subjects in the best lighting and make sure they all look great.

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I placed them where I felt it would be most flattering and where they would be visible, and made sure to take a whole bunch of snaps to ensure I got some good ones. These girls were super giggly and lovely so that made it easy!

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Location Name

Santa Barbara, California

Location aDDRESS

Santa Barbara, CA

Loation Type

Private Home / AirBnB / Apartment


United States

Sometimes (many times) couples don’t realize the moments they really want to be captured or know the ones that will make the most powerful images, so make it happen! I try to be as journalistic as I possibly can during a wedding day, but there are so many moments that go by so quickly and it’s our job to capture them even if it means setting it up ourselves. I love having some kind of moment between the bride and maid of honor/her sisters because I know they’re very important to them.

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